On September 20, the Dana Hall community was privileged to hear the first-hand account of Holocaust survivor Alex Gross G21. Gross was interviewed on stage by his granddaughter, M. Lehv ’21.
He shared how his family was taken from their home when he was only 14 years old and were first forced into to the Munkach Ghetto before being sent to Auschwitz. Despite enduring unspeakable horrors, Gross spoke of how he never stopped seeing the positive in every situation, which gave him the will to live. He and his siblings are believed to be the only family to have all seven children survive the Holocaust.
Gross, his sister and one brother were adopted by a family in the British Isles before he emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in the Korean War, and went on to marry and raise a family. Gross mentioned the many angels he’s had in his life—including his mother, the American military member who rescued him and the family who adopted him—and how he’s been truly blessed.
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."